Top Ten Thanksgiving Movies

Top Ten Thanksgiving Movies

Stuffed Turkey, Macy’s Day Parade, Friends and Family, could anything make the holidays better? How about a good Thanksgiving movie to top it all off? After all, I find it hard to bring myself to do anything else once we’ve all eaten. I went through online and by experience, these, I think are the best top ten Thanksgiving movies!


10. Pocahontas 



An English soldier and the daughter of a Native American chief end up making beautiful music together in 16th century Virginia.

MPA Rating: G

Runtime: 1 hr. 21 mins.

Even as an adult, I love this movie! Pocahontas is an animated film that is filled with rows of forests, rugged cliffs, and sparkling waters. The message: It’s never too late to learn something new and be thankful for it – just as John Smith learned of nature’s peace and harmony from Pocahontas.


9. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

Peppermint Patty has never been shy, but who would have guessed she’d be so bold as to invite herself over to Charlie Brown’s for Thanksgiving dinner? When she arrives she has a lot of expectations and demands…which send Snoopy and the gang into a scramble.

MPAA Rating: Not Rated

Runtime: 2 hrs. 8 mins.

This film teaches kids that when you sit down at the Thanksgiving table, it’s good to be grateful for all that you have—even if your meal is just toast and popcorn.


8. Winnie the Pooh – Seasons of Giving

Winnie the Pooh - Seasons of Giving

Our favorite Winnie the Pooh characters learn to embrace the winter season and cherish the holidays that make this season so special.

MPAA Rating: Not Rated

Runtime: 1 hr. 10 mins.

This is a great film for your young ones to learn the true meaning of holiday festivities and the importance of spending quality time with family and friends.

7. Pieces of April

Pieces of April

What happens when the black sheep of the family invites her dying mom and estranged clan to her apartment for Thanksgiving dinner? For April Burns, a few things she expected…and a few she didn’t.

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 1 hr. 20 mins.

This movie is perfect for those whole have a hard time getting along during the holidays. Although the Burns family doesn’t always see eye to eye –-ok, they’ve rarely seen eye to eye-– Thanksgiving dinner presents an opportunity for them to put aside their differences and come together as a family. Not a bad lesson for the rest of us.


6. The New World

The New World

This epic film is a dramatized (and romanticized) telling of the relationship between English explorer John Smith and the Native American princess Pocahontas.

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 2 hrs. 30 mins.

I wouldn’t recommend this film to young ones. This has the same kind of story line as the animated version, but this one is more for the adults, with a few twists. Different kind of ending that the kid version, and also a little drawn out. Even though most of the English settlers are distrustful of the Native Americans, John Smith is able to form a deep friendship with Pocahontas. And hey, if they can do it against all odds, the rest of us can certainly find a way to co-exist with everyone else on the planet.


5. Planes, Trains & Automobiles

Planes, Trains & Automobiles

Neal Page (played by the ever comical Steve Martin) is heading back home to celebrate Thanksgiving with his family. Unfortunately he has bad luck on one side, and Del Griffith on the other! This shower curtain ring salesman’s endless talking doesn’t help as they face a series of unfortunate events.

MPAA Rating: R

Runtime: 1 hr. 33 mins.

Don’t they say that it’s all about the journey and not the destination? This movie will have you laughing and appreciating your family this Thanksgiving.

4. The Little Orphan

The Little OrphanIt’s classic Tom and Jerry laughs in this Hanna Barbera tale. In this animated cartoon, it’s Thanksgiving Day and Jerry is entrusted with an orphan named Nibbles– a little guy with a gigantic appetite. Unfortunately, Jerry’s cupboard is bare.

MPAA Rating: Not Rated

Runtime: 8 mins.

This short flick helped make Tom and Jerry a household name. What’s cute about this mini-flick is that Tom and Jerry succeed in turning what otherwise might be a humdrum Thanksgiving into a feast of laughs.


3. Home For the Holidays

Home For the Holidays

You know those families who insist on getting together for Thanksgiving year after year, even though they know it’ll only stir up trouble? Meet the Larsons, a family who’ll barely survive this Thanksgiving, only to do it all over again next year.

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 1 hr. 43 mins.

This film is for anyone who’s ever dreaded spending Thanksgiving with their family. Sure, there are other options, but even the kookiest, most demanding families are bearable on some level. And as the Larsons’ family gathering demonstrates, Thanksgiving is for being grateful for all those folks you’d like to run away from most of the time.

2. Nobody’s Fool

Nobody's Fool

I haven’t seen this one yet, but I think I will this year! I’ve seen it on many Thanksgiving movie lists.

MPAA Rating: R

Running Time: 1 hr. 50 min.

An unsung classic of a film, deep, heartwarming, and brilliantly acted. Set between Thanksgiving and New Year in snowy upstate NY, the film could be a part of your holiday film library.

1. An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving

Hallmark Channel movie that’s very loosely based on a short story by Louisa May Alcott and set after the Civil War. Wealthy Isabella (Bisset) has been estranged from her daughter Mary (Joy) ever since she ran away to marry a stablehand. With her husband dead, the widow and her children live in poverty so granddaughter Mathilda (Maslany) concocts a story to get Isabella to visit.

MPAA Rating: Unrated

Running Time: 88 minutes

This is a great Thanksgiving movie. It reinforces the messages of the holiday–being grateful for what we have, not forgetting those who have helped us along the way, helping those less fortunate even when we don’t have much to share, forgiving those who have wronged us, and being sorry and trying to make reparations for the wrongs we have done

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Think of any more? Share them in the comments below!



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2 responses to “Top Ten Thanksgiving Movies

  1. Oh, yay! I was just thinking about Thanksgiving movies! Thanks for linking to these–I think my daughter would love the Hallmark movie. I’ve got Charlie Brown saved on the TIVO and for the life of me I couldn’t remember what it was about. It’s been years since I’ve seen it!

  2. I can’t believe I haven’t seen (or even heard of) some of these movies! Of course, Thanksgiving just isn’t Thanksgiving if we don’t watch a Charlie Brown Christmas. LOL!

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